Shape Architecture has a reputation for basement design having now completed over 30 such projects. These range from single storey to two storey basements, to ones below gardens, to listed buildings, below flats and set below Mews properties. In commissioning a basement in Brighton we bring unrivalled expertise.
Green Roofs, Sedum Roofs and Rubble Roofs
Many of Shape Architecture’s projects feature Green Roofs and these range from Private Residential projects to Schools and Community buildings.
The advantages of a green roof are many. These include the benefit to thermal and acoustic performance and protection of the roofing membrane to the absorption of upto 70% of rainfall and the benefits to easing water run off to the creation of bio diverse environments. In addition a green roof always provides an attractive feature far better than most other roof coverings.
In Shape Architecture’s projects we tend to use Sedum roofs or rubble roofs.
A sedum roof is easily incorporated into a project as it does not require a large depth of soil with the issues of weight that would create but rather can be rolled out as a sedum blanket or assembled as a series of trays. Our side infill extension on Hastings was formed using a series of trays whilst our EcoShed 01 used a Sedum Blanket and both have proved successful.
A rubble roof also provides a very interesting aesthetic. In the photograph of the rubble roof the combination of rubble and Rooflight works very well. In this project we chose a rubble roof to re-use the rubble we were coming across in our excavation of foundations as the project demanded that little or no waste left the site.
Green roofs do engage the onlooker and firm interesting compositions with other materials. Shape Architecture designed the school building illustrated for Anthony Roper School in Kent in the form of a dragonfly given its riverside setting and the grass spine forms the body contrasting against the canter metal roofs over the classrooms forming the wings.
As Brighton Architects we are always happy to advise on the incorporation of a green roof in a project and can point to a vast range of experience in this field.
Employing Architects in Brighton
As private residential architects in Brighton we set out below the process of appointing Shape Architecture then the processes of designing and constructing your project.
Shape Architecture in Brighton
On contacting Shape Architecture we will arrange with you a convenient day and time for the Director of the practice to visit you at your property and to discuss the plans you have for your home. There is no charge for this visit. We will also be able to discuss the process from appointment to completion of your project and answer any questions that you might have.
Following this meeting we will write to you. This letter clearly sets out the nature of the brief as we understand it and describes the nature of the service we can offer and the associated fee. As we have stated our fees are Fixed Lump Sums plus vat. We also break down our fee according to the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) plan of work. This creates a menu of services that the Client can choose from.
On appointment our first activity is to carry out a digital survey of the property from which we will prepare a Measured Survey brochure and email this to you. The survey forms the basis for all follow on work including the ‘As Existing’ drawings that all planning applications require.
Following on from the measured survey Shape Architecture will prepare a number of design options for our client in response to the brief, budget and site constraints.
These options will be explored in both 3D computer modelling and 2D work with supporting drawings and design notes. All this material is then incorporated in Design Option Brochure and issued to the Client.
Following the issue of this brochure and once our clients have had a chance to look at the options the Practice Director for the project who will remain the permanent point of contact throughout the duration of the project will visit the Client and discuss the options in detail. We will look at what is liked and disliked amongst the options and through this process develop a preferred scheme. This design will then be developed in accordance with planning submission requirements and submitted on line by Shape Architecture using the governments Planning Portal. For ease Shape Architecture will also pay the application fee on behalf of our Client at this point and the claim this sum back as a project expense. Householder Planning Applications typically cost £172.
Planning Permission in Brighton
Once the application is submitted on line we will receive a Planning Portal reference number and confirmation that Brighton Planning department has received the application and will proceed to validate it in accordance with their normal timescale which is typically 5 – 10 working days. Once validated we will receive a unique Planning Reference number, a Case Officer and the Decision Date.
We will continue to liaise with the Planning Authority during the process of their considering the application and this will include organising the visit of the Planning Officer to the site. Should the Planning Officer require any amendments to the submission we will inform the Client and amend the drawings as required. Once planning permission has been granted Shape Architecture will move to the Technical Design stage of the project once instructed to do so by our Client.
We will obtain quotes for our Client from other consultants that the project requires such as structural engineers and liaise with them accordingly. On completion of the Technical Design stage and with a well resolved and integrated package of information we will put together the Tender Documentation. Here the key pricing document will be the Schedule of Works. The Schedule of Works sets out in spreadsheet form every element of the project from steel beams to door hinges to ensure that the project is thoroughly priced.
Each tendering contractor will complete our pricing schedule and we will then complete a spreadsheet that incorporates all figures to enable a comparison to be made. In our tender report to the Client we will also highlight any areas of concern. We will press the contractor to firm up all costs. We will seek references from previous clients and their contact details to allow our clients to talk through the contractors performance with them.